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Excessive Taxes: Oyo Hotel Owners Drag Internal Revenue Board To Court
Hotel owners in Oyo State have dragged the Internal Revenue Board in the state to court for what it described as excessive taxation.
The hotel owners, under the aegis of the Hoteliers Association of Oyo State, communicated the move in a letter written on its behalf by its legal representatives, Kunle Abimbola and co. Aderemi chambers.
According to the letter, the agency must henceforth desist from sending demand notices to hoteliers in the state.
“Some of our members are already being forced out of business. This is apart from the fact that they have to sort some other things like diesel to service their facilities. It just doesn’t make any sense. Even, things are not as bad as this in Lagos.
“For example, hoteliers pay more than 18 different taxes. The land use charges is another one. They just come with taxes anytime. We are not saying we should be taxed but they should reason with us. We are partners in progress with government. The role we perform cannot be overemphasized.
Investors come to town because they have conducive places to lay their head on. Yes, we make money from it but it is a win-win for everyone. Another factor is that the employment generated through hospitality business, education and others have assisted greatly in taming criminalities in the land.
They revealed that the heavy taxes are having effect on their businesses, adding that they can’t even employ more hands because of the bills they need to pay.
“Is it not too bad for the consultants to come up with 18 different taxes. The names they tag them are so ridiculous that you will have headache immediately you see this. This is despite the fact that government provides almost nothing in return for all these monies collected. We do almost everything ourselves.
“Another funny thing is that these people who they hired as consultants are not residents here. Their businesses are not located here. If they are residents and have businesses here, they will feel our pains. They should pity us. We buy everything with pain. You know all the price of diesel now. We can’t increase our charges. We can’t reduce salary of staff.
“We are helping government more than they are helping us. The jobs government claims they are generating are majorly through business owners.
“We urge our amiable governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to help us look into this. Why we are not saying we don’t want to pay tax, government should not add to our burden. They should talk to these consultants to stop duplications of taxes,” they said.